Since Flanders is about the size of the state of Connecticut in the US, it's no surprise that it's an easy place to travel around. All of our cities are really close to each other and accessible by train or car.
English is widely spoken and Flemish people are always ready to help out!

Customs and immigration

Travel documents
Travel documents
  • US & Canadian citizens do not require a visa for stays of less than 90 days.
  • Other nationalities should check with the Beglian Embassy or nearest Consulate Office for visa requirements.
  • European citizens (of countries belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA)) need a valid ID or a passport that has to have a minimum validity of three months on the departure date.

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Getting around

train station ©Creative Commons
train station ©Creative Commons

An extensive rail network connects all of Belgium. Train tickets can be purchased at the railway station before departure.

For more information go to our website page.


Euro coins and bills
Euro coins and bills


The Belgian currency unit is the EURO (euro) €

Money can be changed at ATM’s, in banks, at the airport and main railway stations, at some hotels and in exchange offices, many of which are open on Sundays.

Foreign exchange traffic is not regulated. There is no limit on the amount of foreign currency which may be brought in or out of the country.

Euro notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. Coins come in denominations of 1 and 2 Euro, and 5, 10, 20, 50, 1 and 2 cent pieces.
To get the most current exchange rate :

Credit Cards & ATM

All major cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Diners Club and Euro card)
ATM machines are available in all major cities and at Brussels International Airport


Health logo
Health logo
Belgium's health service is known for its easy accessibility and high-quality treatments. Belgian hospitals are well equiped and provide optimal care.
In case of emergency, you can dial # 112 (equivalent to 911 in the US)
For more information on Belgian medical services to foreign patients, visit Healthcare Belgium.


In Belgium you will need an adaptor of the type “AC.220 volts”. Plugs are continental 2-pin round.

Official holidays

Official holidays
Official holidays
Shops, banks, post offices etc will generally be closed on these days in 2015:
  • January 1st            
  • April 5th
  • April 6th
  • May 1st
  • May 14th
  • May 24th
  • May 25th
  • July 11th
  • July 21th
  • August 15th
  • November 1st
  • November 11th
  • November 15th
  • December 25th.

Opening hours



Shops are open from Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm. Most shops are closed on Sundays, except in Brussels at the Gallerie St Hubert and gift shops near the Grand Place. Bakeries and patisseries also open on Sunday mornings.

Post offices

Post Office Hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm.
Brussels Post Office (Avenue Fonsny Office at Brussels Midi Station) is open Monday to Saturday from 7:00am to 10:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 10:00pm.

Stamp for standard postcard or letter from Belgium to the USA = Euro 0.80 (max 50gr).
Stamps may be purchased at news stands and souvenir shops.
Post boxes are red and marked "Post/Poste".

Banking hours

Banks are open Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm and are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Some banks close for an hour during lunch.

Senior citizens

Many museums, concert halls, theaters and other public and entertainment facilities (not movie theaters) offer reduced ticket rates. Some sightseeing tour companies offer senior discounts as well. Reduced rail rates are available on our transportation page.

Car Rentals

Driving is a great way to get from city to city in Flanders. After all, its’ only about the size of the state of Connecticut in the US. Search for your car rentals here.

Travelling with pets

Travelling with pets
Travelling with pets
A veterinarian certificate is required indicating rabies vaccination and health status. Certificates must be issued no less than 30 days or more than one year prior to entry. We also highly recommend that you check with your airline carrier for additional requirements.

Traveling with Pets Official Regulations
Information from the Belgian Embassy website.

Additional information on flying with pets.

Calling Belgium

Calling Belgium
Calling Belgium

Dial 00 + Country Code 32 + City Code:
City Code
Antwerp 3
Bruges 50
Brussels 2
Ghent 9
Leuven 16
Mechelen 15
Ostend 59

Calling within Belgium

When calling a Belgian number within the country always dial (0) + city code + number.
Find a business or residence

The Golden Pages : to find a business number
The White pages : to find a residence

Calling cards

Calling cards are available in post offices, train stations, book stores, newspaper stands, supermarkets, convenience stores and Belgacom Teleboutiques.

Public phones
Take both coins and phone cards. Public phone that display stickers showing flags of different countries can be used to make international calls with operator assistance.

Time Zone

world map
world map
Belgium Time is located in the Central European Time Zone (CET)
  • 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1)
  • 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time
  • 9 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time

People with disabilities

People with Disabilities symbols
People with Disabilities symbols

Flanders, an accessible holiday destination for all

The Accessible Travel Info Point
Your barrier-free holidays in Flanders and Brussels! The Accessible Travel Info Point is a service of Tourism Flanders that provides you with free and independent travel information:

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Museums and attractions
  • Travel organisations
  • Holiday reports en tips from disabled travellers

    More information on travelling with a disability can be found on For free information tailored to your needs call +32 2 504 03 40 or mail

Accessible accommodation in Flanders and Brussels
When searching for an accessible hotel, guesthouse, youth hostel etc., look for the A or A+ label.

Accessibility label A+
This holiday accommodation has obtained the Flemish label for accessible tourism, level A+. This means that it can be considered to be comfortably and independently accessible for visitors with a disability.

Accessibility label A
This holiday accommodation has obtained the Flemish label for accessible tourism, level A. This means that it can be considered to have basic accessibility. Such accommodations are still usable for most people with limited mobility, but extra effort or a helper may be needed.
Tourism Flanders awards an accessibility label to holiday accommodation after a thorough examination on site. Following items are assessed: the access walkway from the public road, the entrance and the reception area, the public toilets, the restaurant or the dining room, the bedroom with corresponding bathroom and the corridors between these components.

Often-used reference measurements are:

  • Doors: 50 cm (19.7 inch) of free space at the side of the handle
  • Doors and aisles: at least 85 cm (33.5 inch) wide everywhere
  • Slope: 5 to maximum 10%, depending on the length of the ramp
  • Circulation area: free turning radius of 150 x 150 cm (59.1 x 59.1 inch)
  • Lift: at least 110 cm (43.3 inch) wide, 140 cm (55.1 inch) deep
  • Roll-in shower: threshold maximum 2 cm (0.787 inch), shower seat with support handle or shower (wheel) chair with arm supports
  • Free space next to a toilet or shower seat: 90 cm (35.4 inch)
  • Free space in front of a toilet or shower seat: 120 cm (47.2 inch)
  • Washbasin able to accommodate wheelchairs: clearance 70 cm (27.6 inch), depth 40 cm (15.7 inch) and width 90 cm (35.4 inch)
  • Table able to accommodate wheelchairs: same as washbasin, but depth is at least 60 cm (23.6 inch)
  • Bed: the height of the top is between 46 (18.1) and 54 cm (21.3 inch)
Detailed information on all accessible accommodation can be found in the All In brochure ( browsable brochure with zoom function / download PDF 15MB ). This brochure can also be ordered free of charge from the Accessible Travel Info Point.

More information on travelling with disabilities
The Accessible Travel Info Point has put together several brochures with information on travelling with a disability in Flanders and Brussels. The brochures can be downloaded by clicking the links below or by visiting .
Contact us
Accessible Travel Info Point – Visit Flanders
T +32 2 504 03 40
F +32 2 504 04 05